I think the voucher issue comes down to three questions:

What is the problem that vouchers are supposed to address?

Will the Utah voucher legislations fix the problem?

Who will actually benefit from a Utah voucher system?

In my opinion, some well-meaning people have fallen for the statistical issues of per-pupil expenditure and class size without looking at the real determinant for school performance. Yes, Utah ranks very low in per-pupil expenditure and class size, but the state is ranked fourth or fifth in the nation for students who graduate and students who go on to college. Clearly, the Utah voucher legislation will not fix a problem that isn't there.

The most important question is "Who actually benefits from a voucher system?" And the answer is: Anyone who has a financial interest in private schools.

Jeff Harmon